Improving education outcomes encompasses the provision of better learning environments; improving access to schools; a curriculum that supports student engagement and self-development; improved teaching quality; and, better retention in school for both boys and girls.
KEIP provides flexible assistance to Kiribati's Ministry of Education (MoE), adapting its support as required to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Program highlights for 2021 include:
- reviewing the Junior Secondary School (JSS) curriculum, and implementation of recommendations to improve education delivery in years 7 – 9;
- rehabilitating at least two outer island schools, including classrooms, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities, water storage and solar power;
- providing school furniture to over 10,000 school students in outer island schools;
- building the capacity of 50 new and emerging school leaders;
- working with local storytellers and artists to develop a collection of more than 150 original children’s books in te-Kiribati, as well as a new English-Kiribati dictionary;
- supporting the MoE to establish two new model disability-inclusion schools;
- supporting the reduction of gender-based bullying in schools and reducing negative gender stereotyping in the curriculum and school materials; and
- supporting the Kiribati Training College to progress towards its goal of achieving external accreditation, providing pathways for teachers to undertake an Advanced Diploma of Teaching in Kiribati.
Providing school furniture to Kiribati’s outer islands during a global pandemic presents significant logistical challenges. Furniture is being sourced from Australia, flat-packed and packaged in small quantities for shipping to Kiribati. This will facilitate distribution to 94 schools without heavy lifting equipment. Storage containers are also being supplied to ensure furniture can be kept away from the elements when not in use.
For the new schools, construction materials are being sourced from New Zealand and shipped to Kiribati. In Kiribati, a ‘kitset’ method of construction will be utilised, with kitset components being manufactured near Tarawa then shipped to outer island construction sites for assembly.